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Posted by Paco ( on March 14, 2001 at 05:32:28:

Disclaimer: Paco has no financial interest in any virus protection software. (Actually, I have little financial interest in anything.)

Dear Shentel Internet Customer,

In the past several years, we have seen an increase in the development
and spread of Internet viruses. Viruses are actually software
programs, usually transmitted in e-mail attachments, which are
unknowingly opened by the e-mail recipient. These programs are capable
of inserting themselves into a computer's operating system, and will
start to perform whatever function the virus creator designed. Some of
these viruses are hoaxes, others are merely irritating, while still
others are quite sophisticated and destructive, having the potential to
cause serious problems to PC hard drives, Internet websites, and large

One virus in particular that we have seen in recent weeks has this
potential. The virus (actually known as an "Internet worm") is called
"Hybris" and often can be identified with its "Subject:" line:
Subject: Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs - The REAL story!
In many cases, the virus also can be identified by its "From:" line:
From: Hahaha

If you have received an e-mail with either the above Subject or From
line, the virus may have been sent to you. Your computer will have
become infected only if you opened the attachment. If you have opened
an e-mail attachment containing this virus and your computer has been
infected, you may see a large black and white spiral image appear on
your monitor on occasion.

To eradicate this virus and other viruses, but also detect the presence
of virus-laden e-mail attachments, we strongly recommend the
installation of anti-virus software, such as that developed by Norton
or McAfee or other companies. For more information on these particular
products, as well as virus descriptions and details, please go to: or

Please understand that Shentel Internet Support cannot remove viruses
from PC's. Customers will need to procure the necessary software to
perform this task.

Great care should be exercised in opening e-mail attachments from
anyone. You may also want to take a look at additional security and
privacy issues we have presented on our home page at

Thank you for your cooperation.

Shentel Internet

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